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Mouseless Browsing With FireFox

One of my favourite blogs, Lifehacker, mentioned a new version of a fabulous Firefox extension.

Mouseless Browsing (MLB) is a Firefox-Extension which enables you to browse the internet with the keyboard. The basic principle is to add small boxes with unique ids behind every link and/or form element. You just have to type in the id and press enter (there is also an automatice mode available) to trigger the corresponding action i.e. following a link, pressing a button or selecting a textfield.

I like browsing without a mouse because I have the perception that it is faster to . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology

Government 2.0 Best Practices Wiki

Mike Kujawski, who writes the Public Sector Marketing 2.0 blog, has created the Government 2.0 Best Practices Wiki:

“[T]he intent of this wiki is to compile a central list of current initiatives (and eventually ‘best practices’) involving social media and government. These can be internal or external, marketing, HR or IT, it doesn’t matter. I even added a special ‘unofficial’ category at the bottom of each page for all side initiatives.”

There is information about RSS, Twitter, wiki, YouTube, Second Life, Facebook and social bookmarking projects from government bodies in Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand and the . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology

Nothing to Yahoo About…

♬ I am the eye in the sky
Looking at you
I can read your mind♬

Words and Music by Eric Woolfson, recorded by the Alan Parsons Project.

Recently my attention was drawn to a little-known feature that uses both inside and outside the Yahoo network. This feature is known as “web beacons” ( A web beacon, according to Wikipedia, is a “web bug“. Wikipedia states: . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law, Technology

Destroying Data

I’d like to update my thinking on the following question:

What is the responsible way to get rid of electronic information that one does not want, or that one has a legal duty to get rid of (like irrelevant personal information)?

Some of the alternatives:

  • delete the information from one’s drive. (unlikely to be satisfactory, since ‘undelete’ programs are readily available)
  • reformat the drive
  • apply a specialized ‘wiping’ program (one or more times)
  • destroy the drive physically
  • encrypt the data on the drive then destroy the keys

Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner takes the view that the best way properly . . . [more]

Posted in: Administration of Slaw, Practice of Law, Substantive Law, Technology, ulc_ecomm_list

The “Right” to a Quality Legal Education

Most of our readers would be aware of the ongoing strike at York University led by CUPE 3903. York administrators have also indicated serious financial difficulties.

What people may not have realized is that the strike also affects law students at Osgoode Hall.

A second-year Osgoode student, Thomas Wisdom, shares the challenges some of his peers are facing,

First- and second-year students with summer jobs: A lot of people are ecstatic about the fact that they will be gainfully employed at law firms in the summer months… [but] they face the frustration of renegotiation start dates with

. . . [more]
Posted in: Education & Training, Substantive Law, Technology

ABA Journal’s Blawg 100: Last Day to Vote

The American Bar Association’s ABA Journal has posted the Blawg 100, the top 100 law blogs as chosen by their editors, in various categories and is asking readers to vote for their favourites. Our own Slaw has been nominated in the “technology” category. A number of friends of Slaw are also in the running, including Law 21 by our own contributor Jordan Furlong in the “careers” category.

Head on over to vote for your favourite! If you have already voted on a previous day you can vote again. . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology: Internet

Managing E-Mail Overload – Draw a Line in Your Inbox

I dare say more than a few SLAW readers will have a New Year’s resolution that, in one form or another, has at its core, a goal of getting to an empty inbox. Unfortunately, there is no magic button – it takes a lot of time and effort to get to an empty, especially if you have hundreds (or even thousands of messages) in your Inbox.

I won’t focus on cleaning up older messages in this post. My LAWPRO Magazine article Surviving the E-mail Onslaught has some quick tips. Probably the best collection information on this topic is the Inbox . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Practice of Law, Technology


Twitter developers, rather like life itself, are plunging into every possible nook, cranny and crevice for a foothold on this latest development, and twit apps proliferate. All this in aid of the blurt — but I digress. Now for those who truly belong to the twittering classes comes TweetGrid, which lets you monitor multiple flows of info in one screen on your browser. You can choose the grid pattern that suits you, anywhere from a single (1 X 1) stream, up to a frenzied 9 panel (3 X 3) spray. In each panel of your grid, you can enter . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology

The 2008 CLawBies

Just a quick note to say the 2008 Canadian Law Blog Awards are now live at Congratulations to the winners, and also to those who took part in the new nomination process. A complete roundup of the nominations is listed over at the Vancouver Law Librarian Blog, and I would encourage everyone to surf through those peer-to-peer recommendations.

Similar to last year, everyone will have a chance to blog an ‘acceptance speech’ and I will relay those posts on the Stem Blog during the second week of January.

Happy New Year!
Steve . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology: Internet

Israeli Consulate in the U.S. to Hold Public Press Conference via Twitter Today

According to JTA:

In what may be a first for any government the world over, the Consulate General of Israel in New York will be holding a public press conference about the war in Gaza via Twitter. On Tuesday, December 30 during the hours of 1-3 p.m. EST, David Saranga, Consul of Media and Public Affairs in New York, will answer questions written in by users of the popular Internet social messaging Web site.

To participate, create an account at and compose a message to user israelconsulate, including the keyword #AskIsrael in your tweets. For example:

. . . [more]
Posted in: Legal Information, Substantive Law, Technology December 2008 Updates

On my must-read list are some of the articles for this month. The authors have put together some great resources. Here’s the line-up:

Neurolaw and Criminal Justice
Ken Strutin’s article highlights selected recent publications, news
sources and other online materials concerning the applications of
cognitive research to criminal law as well as basic information on the
science and technology involved. — Published December 28, 2008

Deep Web Research 2009
Marcus P. Zillman’s guide includes links to: articles, papers, forums,
audios and videos, cross database articles, search services and search
tools, peer to peer, file sharing, grid/matrix search engines,
presentations, . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Practice of Law, Substantive Law, Technology, Technology: Internet

Next Time Cite Slaw in Your Factum

Kevin O’Keefe recently discussed Digital Darwinism as it related to legal researchers, publishers and advertisers. The economic downturn, coupled with technological advances, has resulted in the demise of many major industries that have been the backbone of corporate America.

But O’Keefe also suggests another slightly troubling proposition,

Blogs will be widely cited in briefs and court decisions.

What better way to provide compelling arguments and establish binding precedent than sourcing articles with a milisecond publishing turnaround time?

There is obviously a broad variety of quality and depth in the legal blogosphere.

The credibility and authority of both the author and . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Legal Information: Publishing, Substantive Law, Technology